Hi again, friends,

Well, Perú has a new president. We trust he will do the country good, and we pray for our governments. We pray for the situation in the U.S. too, which is much worse than here. But God is in control and He wants us to pray.

Bob is on his way to Espinar where there will be meetings this weekend. He will be sharing with the brethren from many churches in the area and working with our national workers there. We are thankful that God's work is growing in this whole area, mostly Quechua speakers, but with hearts open to God's Word. Thank you so much for praying for us and for the many areas where God has raised up believers in Himself. We are just instruments of the Lord in this work, please also pray for our national workers, especially Daniel and Zenon, who works in other areas too.

Bob also is ministering more here in counseling and discipling, seems like everyone wants him to solve all their problems. Bob has seen growth in lives though, one on one, or in small group Bible studies. Some new families are coming, with some young folks searching for the Truth in the Lord. So teaching, preparing, and counseling take up a good bit of his time.

The school is especially active this year. So much going on, we are blessed with many Christian teachers, mostly content parents, tutors, and students. Still, there is a lot of work involved. Marino has been promised the final signature for the Civil Defense license the school needs, though all the required changes sure cost a lot in time and funds. It certainly is worth it to be able to share God's Word with all our over 250 students, and we ask you to keep praying and helping where you can in this effort. There is fruit in lives being formed.

God has given us good health, yet we have had some medical issues this year. We thank Him nothing is too serious and we pray to be able to continue till He calls us elsewhere.

Thanks so much for standing with us, praying and sharing as you can. Thanks, and many blessings for you, Noél for us

Hi dear friends!

Most of you are having a hot summer! Have a happy 4th of July tomorrow and pray for the U.S.! God will work there, but we sure need to pray.

Here we are having a cold winter! And the flu is going around. I got over pneumonia, thank the Lord, but now have the flu, not too awful bad, but need prayer to get over it all! We had a wonderful visit with friends and colleagues, Billy and Donna Hires, for the last two weeks of June. They gave a good marriage conference for all of our Arequipa churches, over 250 present and we had to have it in the school patio, cause there is not room in our biggest church meeting room.

It was very needed. They also spoke to the teachers at the school, and the parents. All this is so needed, the family and home situation here is not good. So many separations and even divorce among so called believers. We were greatly blessed. However, the day before they left (Fri. July 1) Billy got the flu. They almost postponed their trip but it would have been costly, so they went, but that day Donna got it too, and now, I have it. Yuk. It is really going around. We trust the Hires are better and I hope to be soon.

Bob also took them to the Majes Valley and to Pedregal (plains of the Majes) and they had good meetings there too. Bob mostly translated for Billy and I helped a bit with Donna and the school meetings.

We are so thankful for these blessings, and we thank you who pray for us and share with us! Hope you will have a great summer serving the Lord. Many blessings for all of you, Noel for us./p>

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Well, hope your 2016 will be good all year! Thanks so much for praying for us and standing with us! Here we are now with our son Paul and family in Indiana! We had a good family reunion in Florida for our granddaughter's wedding, and a few visits to the beach too! That was a hot Christmas! Now for New Year's it is very cold with light snow in Northern Indiana. God made the gorgeous snow, God made the bright sun, amazing, the changes from south to north, from east to west, etc.

We pray to be used of the Lord these two and a half months with family and some travel and then return to Perú the third week of February. We always pray for our grown children and growing grandchildren, but it is good to see them grown, and most of them following the Lord really. Some, however, do need our prayers and hopefully will follow counsel we have been able to give them so far. All of us need prayer really.

We pray daily for our brethren in Perú. We trust they are doing well and resting on the Lord for guidance and growth and continuing faithfulness to our Lord. We really miss them and look forward to being back with them. Meanwhile, please help us pray for them too.

Again, thank you all so very very much. We need you too in God's work. We pray many many blessings for you all in 2016 and on and on. We pray for you all too!

Many blessings, love, Noél for us

Hi to you all, and happy holiday season!

Well, December is already going too fast! I had my eye surgery and it is healing. I will have to travel with the stitches still in though as Dr. says they should stay in for a couple months. Anyway it is getting better, and we are thankful! Bob had a lipoma removed from his left shoulder and that too is healing we trust. His stitches should come out next week, so soon we should have arms and eyes and all. These surgeries were expensive but necessary. The last of the "family" here to have an operation was the vehicle, which needed the clutch repaired. That wasn't real cheap either but for sure all this would have cost more in the U.S.

Bob had a short but profitable trip to the Majes Valley but has mostly been here really busy in counseling, teaching, preparing, etc. For me, final exams are taking up time but we are glad the school year is ending well. These past two weekends we have done distributions to a Christian children's home, (precious children and directors) and to the state boys home, (a much rougher group, but we had a chance to share Christ, so pray for results.) Our youth from the main Arequipa church dd a skit there and then divided the boys into small groups to discuss and share the Lord and His claims on us. Our youth did really well and we are glad they are serving the Lord.

Bob hears good news from the Espinar churches. Our national worker there, supported by our main Arequipa church, Daniel Sayco, is doing a good job evangelizing and encouraging the believers, teaching the new ones. They have had several baptisms there too. We are thankful for God's Word spreading and glad for open hearts. Other places are pretty indifferent. Some from our main church here are reaching out to the nearer towns and have seen some fruit but it is slower here than in the Espinar area. Thanks so much for praying for us and God's work here.

As to the school, the first phase of the new construction is almost done, and we trust the Lord to supply for the rest - hopefully next year. We are thankful for some good dedicated teachers - please help us pray for more for next year! We are thankful for the opportunities to teach God's Word freely here in the schools. Thanks for praying and sharing!

Our second granddaughter (Mark's second daughter, Jessica) is to be married Dec. 21. The Lord has provided for us to be able to go for this wonderful event in Florida. We have tickets to leave here Dec. 15, and return Feb. 24. So we hope to spend the holidays with our sons and family in Indiana, then later to visit some in the midwest and in Northern Va. with our daughter and family, and some visiting in the east too. Thanks so much for praying and sharing with us,we trust you are all well and will have a wonderful holiday season.

Thanks again, you dear ones, Christmas blessings, Noél for us

Hi to you all!

Seems impossible that it is November already! Another Thanksgiving season is here. But we should always be thankful!

Last month, October, was really idolatrous here in Perú. They have several processions carrying the "purple Christ" (Lord of Miracles) all over. And now with All Saints day, the folks have the custom of putting out food by the graves of their deceased loved ones, thinking that the souls will come out and enjoy what they liked in this life. These customs go with drinking and partying, mixing in witch filled Halloween, etc. Perú has a large Christian population, but many are still mixed up with the world and their traditions. Thanks for praying for God's Light to shine here, through us.

Bob had some good travels last month. In the Juliaca area there were some baptisms in a Quechua community and some from Juliaca, a new little group forming there. We had some baptisms here too in Arequipa, a couple young men. And there were more in the Espinar area with our brother, Daniel Sayco. We are thankful for God working in lives.

The other elder in our main church here is with his brothers now in their home town across the mountains for a few days, They are sorting out some of their mother's lands and animals that need caring for after her sudden death in August. This is always a hard time for the family and they would appreciate your prayers, for unity and wisdom in these details. Their Dad is really too old and weak to care for these things himself. The sons took him up there with them, but he will be living here with the children so also needs to see how things will work out.

I forgot to mention last month that these dear brothers had a memorial service for their Mom here in late Sept. It was a blessing as many unsaved relatives and friends of the town were here and heard God's Word. God can bring good out of tragedy. Thanks for your prayers for this situation.

Early October we were blessed by attending a retreat in the north of Perú, with other missionaries. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and we are very grateful to have gone.

This month I (Noél) am scheduled to have cataract surgery. Guess it is a bit complicated as I let it go too long. It will be with a cut, stitches, lens replacement, anasthesia and all. So please pray all will turn out well. I need to get my monthly exams done, corrected and turned in soon, kind of a lot at once, thanks for your prayers. Please pray for the school too, that it will always be for the Lord's glory, and many will come to the Lord through this ministry.

Thanks for your prayer and sharing.Our support address is:
Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc.
P.O. Box 13, Spring Lake, New Jersey, 07762-0013, with a note: for Bob Rich, Perú

A blessed Thanksgiving for all of you, Love, Noél for us

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